“Even before there is a single word on my tongue, you know all about it, LORD.” Psalm 139:4 (GW)
Years ago we used to play a game called, “Gossip”. One person in a circle whispered something once in the next person’s ear, and that person was supposed to tell the next person what they heard. It went around the circle and it was amazing what nonsense the last person in the circle actually heard – nothing like the original. Have you noticed when you hear a juicy bit of gossip, it is so hard to keep it just between yourself and God? When the message is passed from one person to another, it may be completely different.
There is one Bible verse I will always remember. Our church would sometimes have us children come forward to repeat a Bible verse. Time after time my little brother would quote Psalm 34:13 “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” Guile could be explained as deceitful. He was my only sibling and died at the age of 39, but he was ever so careful to not do or say anything wrong – perhaps because that verse was imprinted upon his heart at an early age.
Why is God so concerned about our tongues, which includes the sin of gossip? It says in Proverbs 18:21 that the tongue has the power of life and death. We find many verses telling us the blessings we have when we praise and thank the Lord for Who He is and for what He has done. Proverbs 21:23 says, “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue, keepeth his soul from troubles.” But what is wrong with a “juicy” bit of gossip. Proverbs 16:28 says it “separates the closest of friends. In Proverbs 26:22 it says “People love to hear gossip. It is like tasty food on its way to the stomach.” (ERV) Gossip can ruin the reputation of the person being spoken against. Surely most of us have been guilty of this sin at some time or other.
What words should come from out mouth?
1. “And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and thy praise all the day long.” Psalm 35:28 (KJV)
2. “The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.” Psalm 37:30 (KJV)
3. “My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.” Psalm 119:172 (KJV)
4. “Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing:” Psalm 126:2 (KJV)
5. “Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 (GNB)
6. “May my words and thoughts please you. LORD….” Psalm 19:14 (ERV)
Holy Spirit, please take control of our words.